US: With the aim to extend its share in the remote-sensing market, Headwall Photonics has launched its new Nano-Hyperspec sensor for commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) deployment. The low-cost hyperspectral sensor operates in the visible and near infrared (VNIR; 400 nanometres [nm] to 1000nm) spectral range and includes onboard data processing and storage to minimize size, weight and power constraints inherent with small, hand-launched UAVs.
The Nano-Hyperspec sensor can be combined with optional Global Positioning System/Inertial Measurement Unit (GPS/IMU) capabilities to provide an airborne configuration that is small, light and fully integrated.
Headwall worked collaboratively with customers and UAV makers to achieve the Nano-Hyperspec design. Precision agriculture and environmental monitoring are two facets of the 'remote sensing' market addressed by the Nano-Hyperspec instrument.
Headwall's hyperspectral sensors are all based on a patented, concentric, aberration-corrected design using precision high-performance gratings. This fundamentally simple yet elegant design is robust and features no moving parts and no transmissive optics such as prisms that contribute to measurement inaccuracy and stray light. Headwall's sensor design provides high signal-to-noise and outstanding spatial and spectral resolution across the entire spectral range and field of view. The field of view of Nano-Hyperspec is crucial for airborne applications that demand flight-path efficiency. Delivery of Nano-Hyperspec is approximately 4-6 weeks after receipt of order (ARO).